AFI DOCS FORUM BIOS

IN FOCUS: WOMEN FILMMAKERS AT AFI DOCS 2020

Sarah HarrisSarah Harris (Moderator) has been a film festival programmer for over 13 years. She is currently the Programmer for AFI Festivals, curating films and events for AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and Meet the Press Film Festival. She was part of the founding staff of the Dallas Film Society, and host of the Dallas International Film Festival, where she was the Senior Programmer for over a decade. Her programming work has also included the Sundance Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Los Angeles Film Festival and Vimeo. Harris became the Coordinating Producer for Cinema Eye Honors 2019 after serving many years on the nomination committee. Having spent much of her life in the South, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.


 

Waad al-KateabWaad al-Kateab is a Syrian journalist and filmmaker who works for Channel 4 News in the UK. During the siege of Aleppo, she captured some of the most memorable images of the conflict. Her short films won 24 awards, including the 2016 International Emmy® for breaking news coverage.


 

Linda Goldstein KnowltonLinda Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker, working in documentary and scripted feature films, as well as TV. Documentaries she has directed or produced have screened at major festivals and theatrically, including CODE BLACK, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET. She began her career producing the award-winning WHALE RIDER.


 

Nicole LondonNicole London is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, and the producer of MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL, a major international documentary on the legendary musician Miles Davis. Recent credits include AMERICAN MASTERS - SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I'VE GOTTA BE ME; THE TALK: RACE IN AMERICA; and 16 short films now playing in the Segregation Gallery of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture. Two of London's recent films were nominated for 2016 NAACP Image Awards: AMERICAN MASTERS, AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND and Firelight Media's THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, the latter of which was also nominated for a 2016 Primetime Emmy®.


 

Emily TaguchiEmily Taguchi is a producer for NIGHTLINE, and a filmmaker whose work has been recognized with multiple Emmy® nominations and a duPont-Columbia Award. She has directed and produced stories throughout the U.S. and abroad that have aired on ABC, CNN, The New York Times Op-Docs and PBS, among others.


 

Trisha ZiffTrisha Ziff is the founder of 212BERLIN FILMS, an independent cultural and film production company based in the U.S. and Mexico. Ziff produced and directed CHEVOLUTION (2008), THE MEXICAN SUITCASE (2011), WITKIN & WITKIN (2017) and THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH (2015), which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Mexican Academy Awards (Ariel Awards). Ziff is currently in pre-production as director on RETURN TO OAXACALIFORNIA.


 

BUDGETING CAN BE FUN: A PERSONAL TOUR LED BY MICHAEL EHRENZWEIG OF ITVS

Michael EhrenzweigMichael Ehrenzweig is a Supervising Producer at ITVS who joined the organization in 2015, after spending many years producing international co-productions and award-winning nonfiction films. He now oversees a slate of documentary projects that are released on Public Television, in theaters and on a variety of digital platforms. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America.


 

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND REPRESENTATION

Sherri WilliamsDr. Sherri Williams (Moderator) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at American University. As a professor and media researcher, Williams' work focuses on how marginalized groups, especially women of color, are portrayed in the media. Williams teaches journalism and storytelling classes as well as courses that examine the ways in which race, gender, class and sexual identity are portrayed in the media. Williams is now leading a study that explores how black millennials are affected by seeing images of fatal police brutality against black people on social media. Her work has appeared in Self, Elle.com, NBC BLK, Ebony, Essence, Heart & Soul and Upscale magazines.


 

Yu GuYu Gu is an LA-based filmmaker born in China and raised in Canada. She works in narrative and documentary film. Her first feature WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? premiered at Slamdance and was broadcast on AMERICA REFRAMED. Her work is supported by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, TFI, Firelight Media and Film Independent.


 

Jacqueline OliveJacqueline Olive's debut feature documentary ALWAYS IN SEASON was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. Olive also co-directed the award-winning BLACK TO OUR ROOTS, which was broadcast on PBS in 2009. She was recently awarded the Emerging Filmmakers of Color Award from IDA and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and has received funding from the Sundance Institute, ITVS, Ford Foundation and Firelight Media.


 

Raúl O. Paz PastranaRaúl O. Paz Pastrana is a Mexican immigrant filmmaker. His work intersects contemporary art, political documentary and visual ethnography to explore themes of belonging and alienation in immigrant communities. His films have screened worldwide. He is a TFI grant recipient, an IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow and a Firelight Media Documentary Lab fellow.


 

Davy RothbartDavy Rothbart is a journalist and bestselling author, Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker, creator of Found Magazine and contributor to NPR's THIS AMERICAN LIFE. His latest documentary MEDORA aired on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS and won a 2015 Emmy® Award. He's also the founder of Washington To Washington, an annual hiking adventure for city kids.


 

IN THE LINE OF DUTY: A CONVERSATION WITH ERNIE AND JOE (ERNIE & JOE) AND REP. BRUCE FRANKS JR. (ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN)

Allison SandzaAllison Sandza (Moderator) is a producer for Meet the Press with Chuck Todd in Washington. Before joining NBC News she worked for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, producing documentary shorts about education and public policy, as well as a weekly interview program, Overheard with Evan Smith, which airs on many PBS stations nationwide. She is a native Washingtonian.


 

Jenifer McShaneJenifer McShane is the director and producer of ERNIE & JOE, her third feature documentary. She spent years visiting the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to make her last documentary, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, which reveals the impact of incarceration on incarcerated mothers and their children. Winner of the 2013 Director's Award at the Social Justice Film Festival, selected by the U.S. Department's American Film Showcase to tour internationally, it was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide as part of the AMERICA REFRAMED documentary series. McShane's first film, A LEAP OF FAITH, follows a group of parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as they open an integrated school for Catholic and Protestant children. The film was broadcast on PBS and screened broadly on European television.


 

Ernie StevensErnie Stevens was born and raised in San Antonio. He has been a police officer for 27 years, including 24 with SAPD. He was a founding member of the SAPD Mental Health Unit when it began as a pilot program in 2008. He recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Joe Smarro has been with SAPD for 13 years, including nearly 10 with the Mental Health Unit. During his time with the Mental Health Unit, Smarro earned his Associate's and Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice, and earned the Hector Garza Award for being the top graduate in Criminal Justice. Currently, he is working toward his Master's in Business Administration.


 

Smriti MundhraSmriti Mundhra's debut feature, A SUITABLE GIRL, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the Albert Maysles Best Documentary Director prize. She is currently in production on a docuseries for Netflix. Her first TV ad, for Bumble, starring Priyanka Chopra, is on screens worldwide.


 

Bruce FranksState Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. is a community activist, father and battle rapper, whose priorities are fighting crime, getting guns off the streets and encouraging minorities to become police officers. A St. Louis native born in 1984, he graduated from Lindbergh High School in 2002. He soon became a world-renowned battle rapper known as Ooop's, as well as a small business owner. After the events of August 9, 2014, Franks was compelled to get involved as a protester/peacekeeper in Ferguson. This led him to start mentoring youth by giving guidance and support to those in need. Working with Youth build and St. Louis's Workforce development, he has helped many at-risk youth graduate and attain gainful employment.


 

PROTECTING JOURNALISTS AND SAFEGUARDING PRESS FREEDOMS: A NEW INITIATIVE

Paul FarhiPaul Farhi (Moderator) started at The Washington Post in 1988 and has been a financial reporter, a political reporter and a Style reporter. Since 2010, he has covered the news media for Style.


 

Sabine DolanSabine Dolan serves as interim North America director for Reporters Without Borders. Throughout her wide-ranging career, Sabine Dolan has brought her deep international experience to broadcast journalism, film production, and humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. She has been at the front lines in humanitarian emergencies, international development and human rights. Dolan worked with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in New York, Geneva and in the field including emergencies deployments in numerous natural disaster zones and conflict and post-conflict countries. More recently, Dolan has served as a consultant to international philanthropic, media and tech sectors on cause marketing, global partnerships and finding innovative solutions for social impact. She worked in broadcast news as a live show producer, writer and field producer for CNN, the BBC World Service, AP and Reuters.


 

Tom LeGroTom LeGro is a senior video producer at The Washington Post. He oversees video editors on the foreign, national security, technology and features desks. LeGro was part of the team awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore and a subsequent effort to discredit The Post's reporting. His work has also contributed to two Edward R. Murrow awards for The Post. He started at The Post in 2000 as a news aide and later became a copy editor. In 2006, he joined PBS NEWSHOUR as a reporter/producer, before returning to The Post in 2013.


 

Greg MillerGreg Miller covers national security for The Washington Post, and is the author of "The Apprentice — Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy," a book published in 2018 by the Washington Post and Harper Collins. Miller was among the Post reporters awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the fallout under the Trump administration. Miller was also part of the team awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the paper's stories about U.S. surveillance programs exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.


 

Courtney C. RadschCourtney C. Radsch, PhD, is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the organization and oversees CPJ's engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ's campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Her book "Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change" was published in 2016.


 

GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP: ELEVATING A REGIONAL STORY TO THE NATIONAL STAGE

Dana MerwinDana Merwin (moderator) is the Program Officer in the Grants Department at the International Documentary Association. Prior to joining IDA, she was the production manager for Al Jazeera America's documentary unit and the Peabody Award-winning series FAULT LINES. She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable channels. She has served as a production manager on numerous film and television productions.


 

Beth AalaBeth Aala is a three-time Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning producer for her work at HBO. She co-directed and produced RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN (Sundance, 2017) and directed and produced SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON (Toronto, 2014), a 2015 News and Documentary Emmy® Award nominee.


 

Beth LevisonBeth Levison is an Emmy® and Peabody-winning producer based in NYC. MADE IN BOISE, which she produced, will make its world premiere at this year's AFI DOCS. PERSONAL STATEMENT, which she also produced, was the opening night film of AFI DOCS 2018. Levison's additional producing credits include 32 PILLS: MY SISTER'S SUICIDE (HBO, 2017), THE TRIALS OF SPRING (PBS, 2019) and LEMON, which she also directed (PBS, 2011). Levison is the owner of Hazel Pictures, serves on the producing faculty of the SVA's MFA program in Social Documentary Film and is a co-founder of the Doc Producers Alliance (DPA), and a mom.


 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCERS ALLIANCE: HOW RETHINKING CREDITS LED TO A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT OF DOCUMENTARY PRODUCERS

Dolly TurnerDolly Turner (Moderator) is Founder and CEO of The Turner Group, a content production, programming marketing and outreach company.

Turner was consulting producer for UNITED SKATES, an IDA Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary and Tribeca Audience Award winner; producer of MAYNARD, directed by Sam Pollard; producer of ALONE, a New York Times Op Doc; and associated producer of 25 TO LIFE, winner of the ABFF CNN Best Documentary Award. Turner also programs Da Bounce Urban Film Festival.

As a Board member of The Blackhouse Foundation and Advisory Board for IFP, Turner funded and spearheaded the development and partnership for the 2019 IFP/ Blackhouse Foundation Multicultural Producers Lab.


 

Jameka Autry Jameka Autry is a creative producer and 2019-20 Post Graduate Fellow of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism. In 2017 she was honored as an Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow and in 2018 she was selected as part of the inaugural DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List. She was recently awarded the Sundance/A&E Brave Storyteller Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


 

Lance KramerLance Kramer produced the documentary CITY OF TREES (Full Frame, PBS-America Reframed, Netflix); and Webby Award-winning documentary web series THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES. In 2014, Lance received the DC Mayor's Arts Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Kramer served two terms as a Board Member of Docs in Progress and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow in 2015 and 2018. He was selected to the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship cohort and 2018 Sundance Creative Producers Summit fellow. He holds a Bachelor's in history and film from Dartmouth College.


 

Beth LevisonBeth Levison is an Emmy® and Peabody-winning producer based in NYC. MADE IN BOISE, which she produced, will make its world premiere at this year's AFI DOCS. PERSONAL STATEMENT, which she also produced, was the opening night film of AFI DOCS 2018. Levison's additional producing credits include 32 PILLS: MY SISTER'S SUICIDE (HBO, 2017), THE TRIALS OF SPRING (PBS, 2019) and LEMON, which she also directed (PBS, 2011). Levison is the owner of Hazel Pictures, serves on the producing faculty of the SVA's MFA program in Social Documentary Film and is a co-founder of the Doc Producers Alliance (DPA), and a mom.


 

Naomi WalkerNaomi Walker joined the Southern Documentary Fund as the Executive Director in 2016. Previously, Walker worked with ITVS as National Engagement Consultant for several years. She has advised numerous documentaries on engagement strategy, and served as Outreach Director for Good Pitch New York in 2016, and Good Pitch Chicago in 2015 and 2013. Walker has crafted study guides for several documentaries for educators to use in the classroom, and was the Education Director at Cinema/Chicago.


 

RISKY BUSINESS: LEGAL REVIEW AND DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Dana MerwinDana Merwin (Moderator) is the Program Officer in the Grants Department at the International Documentary Association. Prior to joining IDA, she was the production manager for Al Jazeera America's documentary unit and the Peabody Award-winning series FAULT LINES. She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable channels. She has served as a production manager on numerous film and television productions.


 

Dale CohenDale Cohen is a media lawyer, executive and professor, teaching at UCLA's School of Law. Cohen recently founded the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA, which provides pro bono legal services to documentary filmmakers. Cohen also teaches a course on media law at UCLA, as he has done at various universities, including Northwestern, Emory and North Carolina and Maryland. He is the co-author of a leading textbook, "Media and the Law." Cohen also serves as Special Counsel for FRONTLINE, the award-winning PBS documentary series produced by WGBH.

Jenifer McShaneJenifer McShane is the director and producer of ERNIE & JOE, her third feature documentary. She spent years visiting the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to make her last documentary, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, which reveals the impact of incarceration on incarcerated mothers and their children. Winner of the 2013 Director's Award at the Social Justice Film Festival, selected by the U.S. Department's American Film Showcase to tour internationally, it was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide as part of the AMERICA REFRAMED documentary series. McShane's first film, A LEAP OF FAITH, follows a group of parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as they open an integrated school for Catholic and Protestant children. The film was broadcast on PBS and screened broadly on European television.


 

DOCUMENTARY ETHICS SCENARIOS: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Patricia AufderheidePatricia Aufderheide (Moderator) is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She founded the School's Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also affiliate faculty in the School of International Service and the History department at American University, and a member of the Film and Media Arts division in the School of Communication. Her books include "Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright" (University of Chicago with Peter Jaszi); "Documentary: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford);" "The Daily Planet" (University of Minnesota Press); and "Communications Policy in the Public Interest" (Guilford Press).


 

Ben BermanBen Berman began as an editor for TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! (Adult Swim) and has directed episodes of LADY DYNAMITE (Netflix), MAN SEEKING WOMAN (FX) and the pilots and series for JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN (Comedy Central) and COMEDY BANG! BANG! (IFC). Berman wrote and directed the short film I'M A MITZVAH, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. His second short film, HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS, premiered at Sundance in 2016 and screened at Cannes. UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY is Berman's first feature documentary.


 

Yi ChenYi Chen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Washington, DC. She's currently producing and directing FIRST VOTE, a feature documentary supported by ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Southern Documentary Fund and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Chen holds an MFA in Film and Electronic Media from American University and has taught at George Mason University and Marymount University.

 


Giovanna CheslerGiovanna Chesler directs and produces films and transmedia work addressing the body, sexuality and gender. As a director, Chesler's PERIOD: THE END OF MENSTRUATION (Cinema Guild) facilitated an international discussion on pharmaceuticals. They produced the ITVS/POV documentary OUT IN THE NIGHT and associate-produced/co-edited Zeinabu Irene Davis' SPIRITS OF REBELLION: BLACK CINEMA AT UCLA, which won the African Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary in 2016. Chesler is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University. They are a 2019 Media Arts Fellow by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


 

Monica Long RossMonica Long Ross is a co-founder of 137 Films, a documentary production company dedicated to telling the stories that erupt where science and culture meet. She co-directed the award-winning documentaries THE ATOM SMASHERS and THE BELIEVERS. Her plays have been produced nationally and are published by Dramatic Publishing.


 

Yael LuttwakYael Luttwak is a Washington, DC-based filmmaker. Luttwak's first feature, A SLIM PEACE, explores the relationships between Arab, Muslim and Jewish women, and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. Her recent projects include co-directing GUEST HOUSE, which follows the stories of three women in a re-entry house as they attempt to acclimate to life after being released from incarceration and battling addiction. She also co-directed the award-winning documentary MAINE GIRLS, following 13 immigrant and U.S.-born teenage girls as they bridge cultural divides, which premiered at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival, and JOURNEY FROM EVIL: BOKO HARAM for Voice of America/Creative Associates broadcast in 2017.


 

AFI DOCS INDUSTRY MICRO-MEETINGS

Alexis AggreyAlexis Aggrey is the director of marketing and engagement at Black Public Media.  She is a producer who has worked with public television, cable and museum clients for more than 10 years, creating documentary content that educates and inspires. Aggrey has worked on projects with Black Public Media, PBS, SCETV and Capital Concerts, Inc. 


 

Nathalie ApplewhiteNathalie Applewhite is the Managing Director of the Pulitzer Center, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to raising awareness of underreported global issues through support for journalism and educational outreach. She was the managing producer on the Center’s Emmy®-winning LiveHopeLove. She previously worked as a director and producer of independent documentaries and educational media.


 

Brenda CoughlinBrenda Coughlin is Director of Impact & Producing Strategy at Sundance Instititute and a staff advisor to the Documentary Film Fund. Prior to joining Sundance in September 2019, her projects as an independent producer include RISK, CRIME+PUNISHMENT, ROLL RED ROLL, CAMERAPERSON, CITIZENFOUR, DIRTY WARS, and THE PEOPLE SPEAK.


 

Michael EhrenzweigMichael Ehrenzweig is a Supervising Producer at ITVS, who joined the organization in 2015 after spending many years producing international co-productions and award-winning nonfiction films. He now oversees a slate of documentary projects that are released on Public Television, in theaters and on a variety of digital platforms. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America.


 

Michael EnglishMike English is Managing Director of Content at Maryland Public Television. Previously, he was a Senior Executive Producer, responsible for all MPT productions with environmental, natural history and history themes. English is recognized throughout the state and beyond for his talents as a writer, producer, and director.


 

Ryan HarringtonRyan Harrington is the VP of National Geographic Documentary Films, where he develops, commissions and acquires theatrical feature docs for all of Nat Geo’s platforms. He has dedicated his career nurturing and empowering filmmakers and numerous documentaries from around the globe.


 

George LazopoulosGeorge Lazopoulos is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. At NEH, Lazopoulos advises applicants and reads proposals for humanities-based media projects, including documentary films, podcasts, and radio broadcasts, as well as museum exhibitions, historic site interpretations and digital platform humanities projects.


 

Wendy LlinasWendy Llinás is an Emmy®-nominated TV producer and documentary filmmaker. As Director of Programming and Development at PBS, Llinás provides editorial guidance, manages the daily production process and resources for new limited series and existing programs such as INDEPENDENT LENS, AMERICAN MASTERS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and POV.


 

David MAGDAELDavid Magdael is CEO of David Magdael & Associates. With over two decades in PR/marketing for award-winning documentary films, indie features and broadcast content, Magdael and his company have become an important leader in the field.  From Oscar® campaigns to theatrical releases to broadcast premieres, Magdael is one of the top media strategists in entertainment. 


 

David MatthewsDavid Matthews is Director of Acquisitions at PBS Distribution, where he is responsible for acquiring the home entertainment rights for documentaries and other non-fiction series and specials. Prior to this, Matthews held positions in Discovery Inc.’s business affairs and production management departments working with a number of Discovery’s networks. 


 

Dana MerwinDana Merwin is a Program Officer in the Grants Department at the International Documentary Association. Prior to joining IDA, Merwin was the production manager for Al Jazeera America's documentary unit and the Peabody Award-winning series FAULT LINES. She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable channels. Merwin has served as a production manager on numerous film and television productions.


 

Rachel RaneyRachel Raney is a veteran nonfiction filmmaker and public TV/radio producer with deep experience producing content, as well as collaborating with and supporting independent producers. Raney served as the first Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund and is currently Director of National Productions at UNC-TV, and executive producer of REEL SOUTH.


 

Nathan Thompson has been in public media for almost ten years, having worked in content, engagement and system development. In his role as project manager for content at CPB, he develops and manages a range of innovative content approaches and public media programs, as well as ongoing grants in support of independent filmmakers.


 

Naomi WalkerNaomi Walker joined the Southern Documentary Fund as the Executive Director in 2016. Previously, Walker worked with ITVS as National Engagement Consultant. She has advised numerous documentaries on engagement strategy, and served as Outreach Director for Good Pitch New York in 2016 and Good Pitch Chicago in 2015 and 2013.